Alma promotes assistant to head coach

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Sami Stormont (standing, background) was previously Alma's head junior varsity coach, its interim varsity coach and the top assistant coach. Now she'll be their permanent head coach.

Sami Stormont was Alma's interim head women's basketball coach briefly during the school's last two coaching changes. Now she'll be the Scots' new head coach for real.

The College announced the hiring via release on Thursday.

"We're very excited to have Sami become our new head women's basketball coach," said Director of Athletics Steven Rackley. "We've seen her grow as an individual and as a coach these past two years and believe she has the tools to succeed."

Stormont came to Alma after graduating from Division II Northwood in 2017 where she played basketball four seasons. She became the Scots' head junior varsity coach and the lead assistant coach under Kris Johnson in her final season with the Scots. After Johnson left, Stormont was briefly the interim head coach until the Scots hired Ryan Clark. Clark led the Scots to 15-12 mark, their best since 2002-2003. When Alma men's head coach Sam Hargraves left the school to take the same position at MIAA rival Olivet in March, Clark was selected to fill that vacancy, opening up the women's head coaching job again.

"I am honored to be named the next head women's basketball coach here at Alma College, " said Stormont in the release. "I am so proud of the turn around this program has made in the time I've been here and plan to keep it moving in the right direction. The young ladies on this team are hungry and eager to compete and being able to lead them is truly a privilege."